The Australian National University

Event Horizon

Research School of Physics


Weekly newsletter | vol 42 no 27 | 11–15 July 2016


Distinguished Lecture - 11 July

Quantum Gravity: Problems, Puzzles and Perspectives - Professor Hermann Nicolai

» read more


ANU Strategic vision forums

ANU is embarking on a journey to build a new vision and strategic plan for the University. 

A series of forums to shape the new strategic vision for the University have commenced, you are encouraged to have your say.

» read more


Funding Opportunities

Sir Robert Menzies memorial scholarship in engineering
Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, AU

This supports Australians in undertaking a postgraduate course in engineering at a university overseas. The award will be tenable for either one, two or three academic years and provides emoluments of up to AU$75,000 per year to meet compulsory university fees and charges and contributes substantially towards the cost of books, equipment, personal living allowance and travel.

Maximum award: $225,000
Closing date: 31 Jul 16 (recurring)

Women in mathematics special interest group Cheryl E Praeger travel awards
Australian Mathematical Society, AU

These support Australian female mathematicians in attending conferences or to visit collaborators. The awards are worth up to AU$1,000 for a domestic trip and up to AU$3,000 for an international trip.

Maximum award: $3,000
Closing date: 1 Oct 16 (recurring)

Development and validation of alternative methodologies for predicting bioaccumulation of surfactants
European Chemical Industry Council, BE

This aims to generate new datasets and coefficients to improve environmental risk assessment of surfactants in inter-industry context. The budget is €400,000 over three years.

Maximum award: Not known
Closing date: 31 Aug 16


Lean Startup Workshops

The ANU Technology Transfer Office is teaming up with KILN Incubator to show you how to apply lean startup methodology to your research project.

Lean startup methods enable you to:

  • Test an idea's commercial potential
  • Find a viable market opportunity
  • Create a successful business model
  • Build the right prototype faster
  • Effectively deal with risk and uncertainty
  • Increase the impact of your ideas and innovations

» read more


From the RSPE Equity and Access Committee

ANU ALLY provides training to increase awareness and sensitivity around LGBTIQ* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer*) issues, to promote a more inclusive ANU community, and a safer, more diverse campus.

» read more


The 8th National Higher Education Women's Leadership Summit 2016

Key Strategies and Practical Insights for Women’s Leadership and Career Development within Higher Education

» read more


Physics Project Market Day

Tuesday 16 August 2016, 11:30 - 2pm 
Melville Hall - The Australian National University

  1. Upload available student projects by 22 July
  2. RSVP for Market Day ( by 1 August
  3.  By August 10th - Print poster 
  4. Join us at the Physics Project Market Day,Melville Hall - 16 August



Many school and college students give up their time for work experience. Ben arrived from Erindale and was keen to come to ANU after an astronomy talk in the College by Brad Tucker from Mount Stromlo. We could supply a bit of astronomy through the gravitational wave project; and Ben is seen next to the Michelson Interferometer. Just move the mirrors 4km apart and you have your own home made detector!



Outreach with AIP - AIP Physics in the Pub ACT

The night that took Sydney by storm has finally come to Canberra!

Physics in the Pub is made of eight snappy Physics Acts, each of a mere eight minutes - and YOU are invited to take part. 

» read more




School Seminar Program - 21 July

Nanoscale crystal growth: controlled synthesis of semiconductors for device application - Dr Philippe Caroff

» read more


Departmental seminars

Mr Daniel Schauries - 8 July
Ion track in apatite and quartz and their behaviour with temperature and pressure
» read more

Dr Dick Henley - 29 July
X-ray µ-CT tracking of chemical reactions in composite materials: high temperature experiments with Carrara Marble
» read more


John Love Memorial

John Love’s Memorial Service will be held 17 August 2016, details will be available closer to the date.


Staff movements

Director's Office 
Mrs Tania Maxwell (EA) will be on leave 4-11 July 2016. Ms Martina Landsman will assist with administrative enquiries

Mr Stewart Hilton will be on leave 8-12 July 2016.

Applied Maths (AM)
A/Prof Adrian Sheppard will be away 1-24 July 2016. A/Prof Shannon Notley will be acting HOD 13-24 July. 

Centre for Plasmas and Fluids
Prof Michael Shats will be away 8-29 July, attending several conferences in Europe.  Prof Christine Charles will the the acting HoD during this period.

Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Prof Hoe Tan will be away 1 July - 5 August 2016. A/Prof Jodie Bradby will be acting HOD 1-17 July, A/Prof Patrick Kluth will be acting HOD 22 July - 5 August.

Mechanical Workshop
Mr Craig Young will be away 5-22 July. Mr Stephen Holgate will be Acting Manager during this time.

Nonlinear Physics Centre (NLPC)
Ms Kathy Hicks will be on annual leave 20 June - 15 July 2016. Ms Gaye Carney will be acting DA NLPC 20 June - 8 July, with Ms Julie Arnold assisting with urgent enquiries 11-15 July.


3 Minute thesis competition

The 3MT international research student competition is on again for 2016 and the Australian National University is currently preparing for the school and college heats and ANU final.

The School’s 3MT heat will be held on 19 July 2016 in the Leonard Huxley Theatre. The School heat will be followed by the College heat on 26 July ready for the ANU 3MT final on 14 September 2016. In regard to prizes on offer, for ANU college 3MT winners will receive $1,000 research support grant and up to $4,000 on offer for ANU final 3MT winners.

Further information:

Students please come and support your fellow students.



Training courses:

Registration via HORUS

  • Cranes & Lifting Tackle (OHSA08) 20 July (9am - 5pm) 

  • Ionizing Radiation (Machines) (OJSA19) 21 July (9.30am - 1pm)

  • Chemical Safety (OHSA03) 27 July (9am-12.30pm)

Self-Service access via PULSE:

  • Incident Reporting

  • OSLO Training Online Course



The Australian National University, Canberra | CRICOS Provider : 00120C | ABN : 52 234 063 906

If you do not wish to receive future emails from us, please unsubscribe.